Damiana (Turnera Diffusa)

Damiana Benefits

Damiana leaves have been used as an aphrodisiac and to boost sexual potency by the native peoples of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians and is used for both male and female sexual stimulation, increased energy, asthma, depression, impotence and menstrual problems.

Damiana is a small shrub with aromatic leaves found on dry, sunny, rocky hillsides in south Texas, Southern California, Mexico, and Central America. Damiana leaves have been used as an aphrodisiac and to boost sexual potency by the native peoples of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians. The two species used in herbal healing, both of which are referred to as damiana, are Turnera aphrodisiaca and Turnera diffusa.

Historically damiana has been used to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and mild depression, especially if these symptoms have a sexual component. The herb is also used as a general tonic to improve wellness.

Damiana has also been used traditionally to improve digestion and to treat constipation, as in larger doses it is thought to have a mild laxative effect.

It is well known in southwestern cultures as a sexuality tonic and is recommended by many top herbalists. It stimulates the intestinal tract and brings oxygen to the genital area. It also increases energy levels which does a lot to restore libido and desire. In women, Damiana often restores the ability to achieve orgasm. Damiana is used primarily as an energy tonic and an aphrodisiac for both men and women.

Damiana has a dual effect. It can work quickly to stimulate the genital area by enriching the oxygen supply. Longer term use can improve sexual fitness and performance.

The libido-boosting power of damiana hasn't been tested in humans, although a liquor made from the leaves has long been used as an aphrodisiac in Mexico. In animal studies, extracts of damiana speeded up the mating behavior of "sexually sluggish" or impotent male rats. It had no effect on sexually potent rats.

The chemical composition of damiana is complex and all of the components have not been completely identified. However, the known make-up is 0.5-1% volatile oil, flavonoids, gonzalitosin, arbutin, tannin and damianin (a brown bitter substance). It also contains essential oils (containing cineol, cymol, pinene), cyanogenic glycosides, thymol and trace amounts of phosphorus.

How damiana works as an aphrodisiac is currently not known. It is also claimed that when drank as a tea it has a relaxing effect not-unlike low doses of cannabis.

Damiana Herb Notes / Side Effects

Latin Names

Turnera diffusa

Common Names

Damiana, Hierba de la pastora, Mexican damiana, Mizibcoc, Old woman's broom.


Mild purgative, diuretic, tonic, stimulant, hypochondriasis, aphrodisiac, alterative, aperient, carminative, cholagogue, emmenagogue, laxative, nervine, urinary antiseptic and yang tonic.

Indicated for

Sexual stimulation, increases energy, oxygenates genital area, asthma, depression, impotence and menstrual problems. Nervous dyspepsia, atonic constipation, debility and lethargy. Specifically indicated in anxiety neurosis with a predominant sexual factor.

Damiana appears to be safe when taken occasionally as a sex booster. It has a long history of traditional medicinal and food use with no harmful consequences reported for moderate quantities.

It is thought that large quantities of Damiana taken internally may cause insomnia and headaches and in some cases liver damage. However, no rigorous scientific studies have examined the effects of long-term use of this herb.

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Kari T. 's avatar  Kari T. 30/08/2015 18:24

Hi, I notice that I have to take about 4 pills of Damiana per day (450mg from Vitamin Shoppe). Sometimes it takes several days to kick in. Others, I get incredibly horny and start crossing boundaries like encouraging my hubby to screw another woman in front of me because it turns me on IMMENSSELY. It's a fantasy, but with Damiana, I end up following thru w/ the fantasies cuz it's so powerful. I also end up staying in the bedroom all day and masturbating cuz it takes so long (not quite horny enough). but when I DO, OMGEE, O's are amazing and I actually have had 2 in my sleep once (in my 40's, cumming is harder than in my 20's). Does anyone else have this extreme horniness? Does anyone else have a hard time getting horny after a few days of taking it? Both opposite questions, but both happen. I have the tincture but I don't know how many drops to use, it goes by some other measurement that I can't understand.

chaparita 's avatar  chaparita 08/02/2011 00:38

Wow I didn't know Damiana was a good aphrodisiac. Ive been smoking it for 20 years now because it relaxes me without getting high.Not sure If Ill end up dead but Ill let you know if It happens.

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Rugame96 's avatar  Rugame96 04/10/2010 14:54

I just tried it 3 or 4 days ago and i love it if it does end up killing me so be it car wrecks can also kill you but im not going to quit driving I do how ever have drug test at first i was a disbeliever but no more i love it so I ordered a pound

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Tavimon 's avatar  Tavimon 07/11/2010 18:24

Damiana is great. I take it in pill form and I have great energy for my cardio workouts. Yes, it is definately an aphrodesiac. I also bought it in herb form at a health food store to smoke it. It's not nearly as potent as marijuana, not even close. But talk about happy and relaxed! It only last 1/2 hour or so. I would never consider smoking it mixed with chemicals like this "Spice" crap. My husband is a fireman and they have been on calls several times to people smoking that crap. Plain damiana leaf. Good enough!

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Dita13 's avatar  Dita13 16/01/2011 05:17

So what is the difference of drinking it or smoking it?

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Vexxor69 's avatar  Vexxor69 06/12/2011 08:20

@Lyndyl43 Your a Moron!

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